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Darcy Burgess
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Hi,

My son and I played our first game under the revised rules this afternoon.

I was the British, and I opted for a turn 1 settle action of Halifax. Wow. What a big mistake!

Before I knew it, I was reeling under a French siege, scrambling for money just to keep the siege out of the blue (he was trading like a man possessed).

Making matters more dire was my inability to get the flippin' Halifax card out of my deck! When I was finally able to governor the cursed thing, I realized that meant that I'd have to resettle the devilish port to be able to fortify it (OOOPS!)

That didn't matter, because the French won the siege anyhow. The only saving grace was that they didn't have a settler to take the location.

I eventually got Halifax and fortified it, but my son had (cannilly) switched tactics and settle-rushed for the win. By the time he won, I'd taken Louisburg (easily, actually) and been defeated at the walls of Quebec once.

Somewhere in there, he'd managed to raid Boston into non-existence!

He even managed to settle Michillimackinac, which was good fun, if only to get to say the name ... a lot.

The lesson I'm taking away from the game is this: don't put yourself in siege range until absolutely necessary, and once you do, make sure you've got your war chest stoked. I suppose that this isn't an entirely new thing, but I think that the revised rules heighten its importance. I spent my entire game on my heels.

Cheers,
Darcy
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Thanks for the update.
 
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Yeah, just settling Halifax is risky now. They can raid it from Port Royal.

If your first move is settle Halifax, and they grab Coureurs de Bois, what do you do? Its scary.
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I believe that next time, I will opt for a more conservative 'fortify what I've got' strategy.

I also want to move up the Hudson a lot more now...

Suddenly, the connections on the board, and the ambiguities surrounding them seem to matter more.
 
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Alexfrog wrote:
Yeah, just settling Halifax is risky now. They can raid it from Port Royal.

If your first move is settle Halifax, and they grab Coureurs de Bois, what do you do? Its scary.

You get Indians or Rangers. Your Rangers or the Halifax card are going to show up before their CdB. But I agree with the sentiment; British first turn settle of Halifax is untenable. They probably need to get Rangers/Indians or a Fort for the first turn.
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I've just been taking $6 for my first turn. It cant be bad.
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eggo von eggo wrote:
He even managed to settle Michillimackinac, which was good fun, if only to get to say the name ... a lot.


Since you're from Ontario you maybe already know this, but make sure you pronounce it "mishilimackinaw." The final c is silent.

It's a living history museum now: Colonial Michilimackinac
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Alexfrog wrote:
I've just been taking $6 for my first turn. It cant be bad.

No, it's probably not bad.

Previously, the rush was to settle Halifax before the French, but now that's not so important.
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out4blood wrote:
Alexfrog wrote:
I've just been taking $6 for my first turn. It cant be bad.

No, it's probably not bad.

Previously, the rush was to settle Halifax before the French, but now that's not so important.



As the French now, I am kindof hoping my opponent will settle Halifax, so that I can immediately besiege it and work toward super efficient fur trades. Their ability to defend it is much reduced when they cant reserve Pemaquid and St Marys!
 
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YellowPawn wrote:


Since you're from Ontario you maybe already know this, but make sure you pronounce it "mishilimackinaw." The final c is silent.


...I just learned something. I was totally mispronouncing this.

However, I did know how to pronounce Fort Duquesne correctly.
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Alexfrog wrote:
out4blood wrote:
Alexfrog wrote:
I've just been taking $6 for my first turn. It cant be bad.

No, it's probably not bad.

Previously, the rush was to settle Halifax before the French, but now that's not so important.



As the French now, I am kindof hoping my opponent will settle Halifax, so that I can immediately besiege it and work toward super efficient fur trades. Their ability to defend it is much reduced when they cant reserve Pemaquid and St Marys!

British can draft governor, dump the 2 cards, and reserve governor. It takes one extra action but it allows British proper use of their reserve if they want and they already have governor queued up to dump any bad cards they might later acquire.

The action cost is made up by not bothering to draft home support.
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out4blood wrote:
Alexfrog wrote:
I've just been taking $6 for my first turn. It cant be bad.

No, it's probably not bad.

Previously, the rush was to settle Halifax before the French, but now that's not so important.
Yeah. I'd have to play it out more, but I feel the same way. I think Halifax is still a must-settle for French, however. Gives you an extra ship, which means more mil and more piracy, which is now slightly better.
 
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Alexfrog wrote:
However, I did know how to pronounce Fort Duquesne correctly.

Yeah, that one can be tough. It's pronounced pitts-berg.

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YellowPawn wrote:
eggo von eggo wrote:
He even managed to settle Michillimackinac, which was good fun, if only to get to say the name ... a lot.


Since you're from Ontario you maybe already know this, but make sure you pronounce it "mishilimackinaw." The final c is silent.

It's a living history museum now: Colonial Michilimackinac


In American: Mickey Milly Mack-in-ack!

 
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I liked the new rules a lot. I won as the French although my girlfriend isn't really an aggressive player. A few notes:

The new Home Support rule coupled with the shuffling of the discard nerfs the card immensely. I actually like this a lot and am glad to see the change. That card is too damn good as it is. The new reshuffle rule also helps the intendant a bit, because if you plan it right and run out of cards in your draw without shuffling you have the entire deck at your disposal.

I like the raiding further rule as well, because there wasn't too much of a point to raiding as it is. It gets blocked by fortifications AND their cards, the location cards, or other cards that are sufficient in raiding themselves. Previous games didn't see much Indian draft besides a few attempts to ambush, but with this rule my girlfriend drafted a few indians and raided Quebec from me! (Kennebec is now essentially useless for the British player.)

The location card into the reserve is also a good rule, because now the governor is a good draft. No more ghetto governors which is a good thing. I actually USED my reserve for its function of storing military in prep for a siege.

All in all I loved the changes, though the French will be quite hard to stop now. British still have a bunch of good things at their disposal though. I think we may see more fighting towards Duquesne and Detroit, as well as up the middle.
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